Marquez takes his first-ever MotoGP pole position in Japan ahead of the Petronas Yamaha riders, during a qualifying session that saw slick tyres used on a damp Motegi track.

Guintoli is making his latest Suzuki wild-card appearance, but was disqualified from the Friday results due to use of a 2020 engine spec.

Rabat was absent after injuring his wrist this morning.

Nakagami is taking part in his final event of the season before undergoing shoulder surgery. He will be replaced at the following 2019 rounds by Johann Zarco.

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Japanese MotoGP - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)45.763s8/8305k
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.132s8/8300k
3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*+0.181s8/8301k
4Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.327s6/7300k
5Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.426s8/8305k
6Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+0.574s8/8308k
7Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP19)+0.647s8/8309k
8Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP19)+0.664s5/6305k
9Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.795s7/8303k
10Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.795s8/8301k
11Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.837s7/8307k
12Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*+0.853s8/8306k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1'46.998s6/7299k
14Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*1'47.594s8/8303k
15Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)1'47.654s8/8305k
16Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*1'47.894s8/8299k
17Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)1'47.979s8/8301k
18Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)1'48.121s8/8305k
19Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1'48.492s8/8306k
20Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)1'48.522s8/8298k
21Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1'49.186s5/8303k
22Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'49.243s4/7298k
 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)No Time0/00

* Rookie.

Fastest Friday Time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 44.764s

Official Motegi MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 43.790s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 45.350s (2014)

By Peter McLaren

 

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